Four more GOP candidates join Perry's lawsuit to get on primary ballot

WASHINGTON (AP/WWBT) - Several Republican presidential hopefuls are saying the state of Virginia should put their names on its March 6 ballot for the GOP primary despite their failure to meet state requirements.

Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry claimed in a lawsuit that Virginia's requirement of 10,000 signatures by registered voters, with 400 from each of its 11 congressional districts, violates his freedom of speech.

On Saturday, lawyers for Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum joined Perry in asking the Virginia State Board of Elections and the Republican Party of Virginia to be added to the ballot.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is also calling for an emergency bill that would loosen the rules for getting on the ballot.

The bill would have to pass the General Assembly, even as top lawmakers tell NBC12 there's not enough time.

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